All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
What is the secret of Soylent Green?
In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
It's 2022, the world is overpopulated, food is scarce and the most popular food is soylent green. Soylent Green stars Charlton Heston as a cop investigating the murder of a top level Soylent executive. Movie is proof that you can make a top notch science fiction movie without the heavy use of computer aided special effects. Movie paints a future that my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. would appreciate.
There are lots of great scenes in this movie...the ones that stand out to me:
1. Edward G. Robinson's final scene in the movie and the final scene in his long movie career....he died 10 days after film wrapped.
2. Heston and Robinson eating a real meal for the first in…
Even though the big reveal is practically common knowledge, Soylent Green is still an interesting stroll through a remarkably well fleshed out dystopian future.
In Soylent Green the future is overcrowded and sticky. There is an oppressive heat director Fleischer manages to convey rather well. There is always a sense of being in a cramped space when we're with the protagonists, which is contrasted really well with simple pleasures that have become valuable commodities only available to the rich. The world building is one of the film's strongest assets, with the idea of the Exchange (a group of scholars tucked away like some living Wikipedia) being my favourite. The past is…
The worst film of this project so far - and I really wasn't expecting it to be.
Of course, everyone knows the ending to this film. Even though it's not exactly one of the most watched films of all time, the originality of the twist behind it, certainly for its time, has allowed it to attain a fair amount of attention for that fact. But I think the fact that it is attained very little attention for anything else here is very telling.
It's half a silly sci-fi parable and half serious futuristic mystery and never do the two feel like they come together at all. It's filled with kitschy scenes that do feel fitting for the…
Soylent Green is a far more serious, more interestingly made film then most give it credit. i feel like it's now well know ending revelation and the jokes and parodies that have gone along with it has over shadowed the actual merits of this very well made film. i kept thinking 2 things while watching it again last night :
1) i wish i could have seen this in theater in 1973 and have it all be a fresh experience.
2) Charlton Heston's seventies sci fi career reminds me recent Tom Cruise career as the master of the one shot serious sci fi film.
all in all, Soylent Green still stands up great today as slice of golden 1970s science fiction cinema.
Charlton Heston rocking an ascot like its nobodies business.
Best/worst trailer ever cut. "What is the secret of Soylent Green?" Immediately cuts to people getting ground up into meat. Classic.
First hour is pretty much a basic detective thriller set in a world where the greenhouse gases literally turn the world green. Really crowded and ugly world. At times a little too bleak for its own good. Then it cuts to Charlton Heston talking/slapping women and it gets silly again. Yet another 70s dystopia that would probably be better as an HBO show (looking at you Logan's Run ).
Over-population, climate change, exhaustion of resources, corporate greed, it's all there. Soylent Green expressed vital environment messages over 40 years ago, and it did chillingly and frankly. Unfortunately, it's remembered strictly on the basis of being iconic.
Prophetic convictions are merged with noir/sci-fi characteristics to create a film so gripping you forget it features Charlton Heston. The film also features fantastic work from Edward G. Robinson (a perfect farewell to the man) and a cameo from one of my favorite actors, Joseph Cotten.
The "Euthanasia" sequence is so tragic and beautiful. The images and sounds it's inter-cut with are the wondrous result of early 70s Technicolor.
Gorgeous and ponderous, don't mistake Soylent Green for a cheap science fiction picture. It's far, far more.
Soylent Green - the words run shivers down your spine, kind of. At first 'Soylent' sounds like something you might put on your white rice at some fancy Chinese food restaurant. But in reality, at least the reality of 2022 New York, it's almost all that life is. In a future that wasn't too far from the truth as of 2008 in comparison to the conglomerization of corporations (i.e. fewer and fewer companies own things, now it's all scrunched together), 50% of the world's food is by the Soylent corporation, and meat or actual vegetables are so rare a commodity they have to be stolen undercover. Books are also hard to come by, so much so that they too need…
sci fi setentera y un poco serie B, ME ENCANTA!
Great 70s sci-fi. Though dated by now, still worth a watch. And "the huge revelation" is still quite unsetting.
A deliberately paced science fiction/police procedural, this is the kind of movie that only could have been made in the seventies. Add it to the long list of the types of movies they don't make anymore.
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Not as good on the second viewing, after knowing the twist. Usually I can capture about half of the feeling back if I watch a movie with someone else having their first watch. However, I watched it with my girlfriend and there's been too many homages to this movie through pop culture that she knew the ending well before today. Bummer
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Everyone knows the terrific twist, but more people should see this movie. It was awesome.
Tuesday is Soylent Green Day. Did you bring your jacket?
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The 1970's are one of my most favorite decades for horror!
I came into this incarnation in the 1970's and…